KEESEVILLE - State police have arrested three suspects in an attempted armed robbery of a local gas station and convenience store.
Troopers responded to a reported robbery at the Keeseville Mobil station, 1736 Front St., at 6:21 p.m. Sunday.
An investigation found that a male youth wearing a black hoodie, baseball cap and bandana entered the business, pointed what appeared to be a black pistol at the owner and demanded money. The owner ducked behind the counter, and the suspect fled from the store.
Shortly after the first suspect left the scene, police say another suspect showed up and asked the owner of he was alright. The owner told police he felt this person was involved in the attempted robbery because he had a portable radio with him.
Three suspects were quickly identified by the responding troopers and taken into custody without incident. An air gun and other unspecified evidence associated with the attempted robbery were recovered, police said.
Police charged a 12-year-old male juvenile with one count of second-degree attempted robbery, a class D felony, and one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor. He was released to the custody of a guardian and will appear in Essex County Family Court at a later date.
A 16-year-old male from Keeseville was charged with one count of second-degree attempted robbery and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor. He was arraigned and remanded to the Essex County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Kevin J. Archer, 19, of Keeseville, was charged with one count of second-degree attempted robbery and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned and remanded to the Essex County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.